Talent Development Articles

October 19, 2018

Mentoring: Creating a Positive Company Culture

According to a Deloittestudy, 94% of executives and 88% of employees believe a distinctcompanyculture is important to business success.Company culture is illustrated by employee attitudes toward the company, as well as overall values and work ethic. These executives and employees stress the impor... More

October 18, 2018

5 Ways to Attract and Maintain Millennial Talent

53%of hiring managers say itís difficult to find and retain millennials.With the quick growth rate of millennials entering the workforce, we find this challenge costingorganizationsbillions of dollars every year. Luckily,weíve found5 ways to combat the challenge ofattracting and retainingmillennial ... More

October 05, 2018

How a Corporate Alumni Network Can Save Your Organization Time and Money

Did you know that it costs half as much to rehire former employees as opposed to recruiting new ones? Your alumni network has access to top leaders and mentors, and they can bring some big benefits to your organization. Whether these former employees want to share their experience about your compa... More

September 29, 2018

The Benefits of Knowledge Sharing Through Your Corporate Alumni Network

As youíve read in previous articles,mentoringis a great knowledge sharing source for your employees, but so is yourcorporatealumni network.There are many benefits to keeping an actively connected alumni network, such as gaining access to more skilled workers and raising brand awareness. However, clo... More

September 21, 2018

3 Types of Mentor Matching: Pros and Cons

There are several methods that can be used in the mentor matching process. No matter which method your organization chooses, we recommend simplifying the process by using mentor matching software. When using this software to facilitate mentor-matching, you should also recognize your top priorities... More

September 13, 2018

4 Common Challenges: Coaching is the Solution

There are several reasons why your organization may not be progressing the way you intended. Organizations face challenges every day. In the past, weíve pin-pointed these challenges and how different types of learning and development strategies can produce solutions. Today we turn our focus to coac... More

September 06, 2018

4 Tips to Help Mentors Increase Engagement in Their Mentoring Relationship

Mentoring relationships, or mentorships, are the foundation of career development for employees, but theyíre only effective if both you and your mentee are engaged. Some mentorships can start off rocky, but if you feel like yours isnít working out, donít say good-bye just yet! From research done by... More

August 30, 2018

3 Benefits of Diversity Mentoring

You always hear about how diversity improves the workplace, but has your organization made the adjustment? Although your company may be doing well with the same demographic working throughout the office, a more diverse work-space can only improve productivity. You'd be surprised at what can be accom... More

August 21, 2018

Tips for Building an Engaged Alumni Network

Corporate alumni networks have been around for years, but recently, there has been renewed interest in harnessing their power. According to the Society of Human Resource Management, over 20% of employees transition job roles every year, and this number will continue to rise. No wonder so many compa... More

August 15, 2018

5 Tips for Mentoring Managers

Building an optimal workplace can be a challenge, especially when finding the right employees and managers. Good managers recognize their duties to their employees and understand the most appropriate way to handle conflict. However, even the best managers need to grow. One way to build on these m... More

August 09, 2018

How to Increase Employee Engagement Through Coaching

Employee engagement can be one of the most critical aspects in the success of an organization. When an employee loves their company and is motivated to make a positive contribution, their hard work reflects this engagement. This is equally true when an employee is under performing and is less eng... More

August 01, 2018

The Impact of Bad Mentor Matching

Engagedemployeesare the backbone of every successful organization. Implementing a mentoring program focuses on employeesthatare willing to learn andgrowwith the company. These employees become more engaged through their mentoring relationship and tend to have longer retention rates.It's been s... More

July 27, 2018

3 Tips to Create a Successful Relationship in Diversity Mentoring

Diversity is crucial in the workplace as it opens doors to unique thoughts and ideas, creates exposure to various work styles, and promotes stronger communication throughout the workforce. When it comes to encouraging diversity within your workforce, there are many aspects that should be taken into... More

July 19, 2018

6 Tips for Choosing Your Coaching Participants

The big decision has been made, youíve decided to invest in a coaching program for your organization, but you are not done yet. Now, it is time for the next step- choosing the participants. You may start to wonder if it really matters who you choose to be coached, and the answer is yes, it does. The... More

July 12, 2018

Attracting Millennials to your Corporate Alumni Network

Millennials are the elusive generation that everyone seems to be chasing. They are shaping the workplaces of tomorrow and demanding more from the organizations that they join. Their values have made an extreme impact on company culture and looking deeper into the value that you can provide them. Wit... More

July 05, 2018

Finding the Perfect Mentor

The mentor and mentee are equally important for the success of a mentoring relationship, but because the mentee is going to see the most benefits, they tend to outnumber the available mentors. This leads to a problem with finding the perfect mentor for every mentee. With the advances made in men... More

June 29, 2018

5 Ways to Develop Career Capital

When people hear the word capital, they usually think about money, but did you know that you can develop career capital? Career capital are the rare and valuable skills that you have that can be used as leverage in defining your career. To get that amazing career that youívebeen dreaming of, you mus... More

June 22, 2018

5 Tips to Help You Find Time For Mentoring

If Iím being honest, Iím not great at prioritizing, especially when I feel like I donít have enough time. Exercising is one of those things that gets pushed to the bottom of my priority list. I know that I need to exercise, but it just seems like I never have the time. Iím sure there are a lot of pe... More

June 07, 2018

Advice from Our Expert: 4 Tips to Become a Successful Mentor

In the past we have discussed how an individual can be a good mentor but being a good mentor doesnít always mean that they are a successful mentor. A good mentor understands what they need to do to help their mentee grow, while a successful mentor also focuses on how they can also grow throughout th... More

May 31, 2018

Improving Your Company Culture Through Mentoring

Did you know, statistics have shown that a companyís culture has a direct impact on employee turnover? According to a Columbia University study, when companies have a poor culture, 48.4% of employees start looking for a job. When turnover increases, productivity and profitability decrease. This is... More

May 22, 2018

Bringing Gender Diversity to Your Leadership Team Through Mentoring

In todayís business world, only 5.4% of S&P 500 companies have placed a woman as their CEO. In some minds, it may seem like this means that having a woman in a leadership role means these organizations are less successful, but that is not the case. Staples, Progressive, Cambellís and General M... More

May 14, 2018

Building a Relationship with Your Alumni

There was a time when leaving a job meant that people were gone and for the most part, forgotten. Former employees would remain former employees and the organization would move on without them. While that may seem like the only way things could ever be, luckily that is not always the case. Corpora... More

May 10, 2018

Utilizing Mentoring to Enhance Employee Engagement

Employee retention has become one of the biggest challenges facing organizations today. A key factor in increasing employee retention, is developing employee engagement. When individuals are truly engaged, they are less likely to seek opportunities elsewhere. Organizations are finding success in i... More

May 08, 2018

Why Your Organization Should Choose Coaching

Workplace coaching is defined as the process of equipping people with the tools, knowledge, and opportunities they need to fully develop themselves to be effective in their commitment to themselves, the company, and their work. When successful coaching programs are implemented that definition is a... More

May 04, 2018

3 Types of Mentoring for Millennials

Itís no surprise that millennials are taking over the workforce, especially since 50% of the worldís population is under the age of 30. In fact, it has been estimated that by 2025, 75% of the workforce will be millennials. With this information in hand, organizations are taking a hard look at what... More

May 02, 2018

How to Obtain Executive Buy-In for Your Mentoring Program

The first step to success for any mentoring program is positioning it as a vital component of organizational growth. Many proponents of mentoring struggle during this early step: company leaders are often skeptical about the need for a mentoring program and how exactly it will benefit the organ... More

March 01, 2018

When to Choose a Mentoring Program for Your Organization

In a 2017 survey, we found that 62% of the organizations polled believed that their training budget did not address the learning needs of their employees. This can be a serious issue for an organization that is looking to grow with their current and prospective workforce. Continued learning is a ... More

February 28, 2018

Retaining Your Millennial Workforce with Career Development

There are hundreds of studies and statistics given about millennials in the workplace. Some people view millennials as lazy, impatient, job-hoppers, while others would say they are entrepreneurial individuals that strive to excel and cherish a work/life balance. No matter what your opinion is, ití... More

February 26, 2018

4 Benefits of Hiring from Your Corporate Alumni Network

One of the great benefits of implementing an alumni network for your organization is the increased possibility of re-hiring employees. These re-hires, also called boomerang employees, may have left your organization, but because they chose to be part of your alumni network, they are usually still ... More

February 23, 2018

Benefits of Coaching Software for Your Organization

Coaching programs are beneficial to an organization when they are planned, implemented, and managed correctly. As weíve said when talking about any of our career development programs, planning is always the first step and when making your plan, you should always consider what technology can do. Im... More

February 22, 2018

Why Should You Invest in Mentor and Mentee Training?

The mentoring relationship can sometimes seem like the easiest part of a mentoring program. Everyone talks a lot about the planning, processes, and execution that goes into a mentoring program, but we believe that sometimes they forget that the real success is dependent on whether these mentoring ... More

February 21, 2018

Using Your Alumni to Increase Brand Awareness

When thinking about an alumni network, some organizations canít see the big picture. Sure, these individuals left, but that doesnít mean they donít still want to be associated with you and it definitely doesnít mean you canít still benefit from them. Some benefits that organizations are seeing fro... More

February 20, 2018

How to Enable Knowledge Sharing Through Mentoring

Knowledge sharing is defined as an activity through which knowledge is exchanged through people. This knowledge centers around information, skills, and even expertise. Many organizations are starting to realize that they can gain many benefits when they promote knowledge sharing. These benefits ... More

February 16, 2018

The Importance of Offboarding for your Alumni Network

Organizations put a lot of time and money into hiring and training an employee, so when they leave, it is usually seen as a bad thing. Luckily, many organizations are starting to figure out how to continue to benefit from their previous employees through implementing an alumni network. Weíve ment... More

February 15, 2018

Advice from Our Experts: The Benefits of Using Technology for Your Career Development Program

With the continued need for career development opportunities, organizations around the world are taking a closer look at how technology can help them to provide programs like mentoring and coaching to their employees. The use of technology can have a significant impact on both types of programs, a... More

February 14, 2018

Developing Your Future Leaders Through Mentoring

Providing a mentor to high potential employees can be one of the greatest resources available to them. Studies have shown that not only does having a mentor increase the expected tenure of your leaders, but it also promotes greater company loyalty. So, you are able to improve your succession pipel... More

February 12, 2018

Benefits of Providing Mentoring for Your Alumni Network

Many times, we talk about mentoring and alumni networks as two separate programs for your organization, and most of the time they are. But have you ever considered the benefits of bringing these two amazing programs together? Thatís right, we are talking about connecting your alumni with your curr... More

February 09, 2018

How Mentoring Can Help You Compete in the War for Talent

30 years ago, the term ďwar for talentĒ was coined by Steven Hankin of McKinsey & Company. Hankin used the term to refer to an increasingly competitive landscape for recruiting and retaining talented employees. Although this term came about three decades ago, for many industries, the war f... More

February 08, 2018

Advice From Our Expert: The Importance of Content Curation for Your Alumni Network

Getting fresh ideas for the content that you are providing to your Alumni Network can often seem challenging and with the already demanding schedules of trainers and alumni administrators, there may simply not be enough time. Itís important to use the content you are providing to keep your alumni ... More

February 07, 2018

6 Tips to Help Make Your Coaching Relationship Successful

Most people arenít just looking to simply be a part of a career development program, like coaching, they are also looking for it to be successful. The problem is, there are no guarantees that your coaching relationship will be successful. However, there are a few things you can do to helpÖ Pick t... More

February 01, 2018

The Benefits of Cross-Generational Mentoring

Cross-generational mentoring is defined as pairing a person from one generation with a person from a different generation with the goal of mutual learning and growth. By creating a mentoring relationship where both younger and older generations share experiences, skills and new ways of working, em... More

February 01, 2018

5 Tips for Implementing a Successful Corporate Alumni Network

Organizations are looking for success with any program that they implement, but they often wonder how success can be captured for a program that is centered around individuals that are no longer a part of the organization. Well, thatís simple, donít let them say goodbye. Here are 5 tips on how... More

January 25, 2018

How Mentoring Can Create a Bridge Between Generations in Your Workforce

Itís no secret that there is a generation gap between Baby Boomers and Millennials, and while some people see this as a negative, we look at it as an opportunity to bring individuals together through mentoring. We know the common differences between these generations. They includeÖ Communica... More

January 24, 2018

4 Key Benefits of Implementing a Mentoring Program for Your Organization

Mentors and mentees receive many benefits from participating in a mentoring program, but what some people might not realize is that there are benefits for the organization too. These benefits not only make a difference for the organizationís culture and workforce, but also their cost and productiv... More

January 16, 2018

Empowering Women Leaders Through Mentoring

For some women, embarking on a leadership path in their career can seem like a difficult journey. This is because the climb up the corporate ladder is very different for men and women. Although women have made great strides in the workplace, inequality and double-standards still exist, and thes... More

January 12, 2018

Advice from Our Expert: Why Choose Mentoring for Knowledge Sharing

Knowledge sharing is defined as an activity through which knowledge is exchanged through people. This knowledge can be information, skills, and/or expertise and the great thing about technology is that it allows you to share this knowledge even if it canít be done in person. Virtual mentoring is a... More

January 09, 2018

Mentoring Is Not Just for Entry-Level Employees

Growing leadership expertise in a short period of time within an organization is a continual challenge. The speed of projects and the need for innovation have increased to a point that organizations are moving people into positions of management and leadership at an ever-increasing pace. Becau... More

January 04, 2018

Advice from Our Expert: 5 Tips to Keep in Mind When Training for Your Mentoring Program

For many, mentoring seems like a pretty simple concept; You match a mentee with a mentor and off they go, but this scenario seems a little too good to be true. Most of the time, things donít go quite that easy. The one thing that many organizations forget about when implementing a mentoring progr... More

January 03, 2018

Mentor Matching: Right and Wrong

The truth is that some mentor/mentee matches do not work, and in the case of mismatch, itís important to catch it as soon as possible. Thereís not necessarily an easy way for a program admin to determine if a relationship is on the rocks or not until itís too late. Most of it boils down to check... More

January 02, 2018

4 Resolutions to Make for Your Mentoring Program

A saying that you will hear a lot at this time of the year is ďNew Year, New YouĒ, but we donít believe you have to change everything about your mentoring program to see a positive impact. New Yearís resolutions donít just have to be for an individual, you can make them for your mentoring program to... More

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